The Little Princess
(G, 1:32:58, Released 1939)
|Genres:||Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy|
|Release Date:||Mar 10, 1939|
|DVD Release Date:||Jul 18, 2002|
|Starring:||Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero, Arthur Treacher, Sybil Jason, Miles Mander, Marcia Mae Jones, Beryl Mercer|
|Directed by:||Walter Lang, William A. Seiter|
|Synopsis:||Shirley Temple's first Technicolor feature, The Little Princess was inspired by the oft-filmed novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the film finds Temple being enrolled in a boarding school by her wealthy widowed father (Ian Hunter), who must head off to fight in the Boer War. At first, Temple is treated like royalty; her behavior couldn't be more down to earth, but this preferential treatment foments resentment. When her father is reported killed in the war, circumstances are severely altered. The spiteful headmistress (Mary Nash) relegates Temple to servant status and forces the girl to sleep in a drafty attic. She keeps her spirits up by hoping against hope that her father will return, and to that end she haunts the corridors of a nearby military hospital. Queen Victoria doesn't have to make a guest appearance in the tearfully joyous closing sequence, but it does serve as icing on the cake to this, one of Temple's most enjoyable feature films. Reliable Shirley Temple flick supporting actors Cesar Romero and Arthur Treacher are back in harness in The Little Princess, while adult leading lady Anita Louise figures prominently in a sugary dream sequence. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi|
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September 20, 2010
I read the book when I was a kid, and saw the remake, and this movie was pretty good too. It could have been better, though.
July 12, 2010
Shirley Temple plays a rich girl in an exclusive boarding school, whose father is suddenly killed in the British War. She becomes a pauper and the hateful headmistress has her stripped of all privileges and forces her to work in the kitchen to earn her keep. Temple refuses to believe her father is dead and searches the hospitals for him where she encounters Queen Victoria.
November 2, 2008
Cute Shirley Temple movie. The movie was adorable and loved the part when she dumped Ashes on the snotty rich girl! haha. ;) A favorite of mine back in the day.
June 2, 2008
I think it's hard not to like the Little Princess story. It's sweet and heartfelt and i've never seen a bad version of it.
November 17, 2007
One of my favorite Shirley Temple movies of all time.
August 23, 2012
The 1939 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's book by the same name is a cinema classic. Given, the movie doesn't go entirely by the book. But it still has more than enough charm to make it a favorite among families nearly three quarters of a century after it first debuted.
While the big screen adaptation of the book doesn't go entirely by the book, the script and the acting more than make up for the fact that there are some differences between the book and the movie. Shirley Temple's take on Sara makes her character an entirely sympathetic character. While fellow actress Mary Nash makes Amanda Minchin an absolutely vile character that audiences will love to hate. That means that Nash more than did her job in the role. The cast's ability to interpret the story, along with directors William Lang and William A. Seiter makes the movie even better. The story is one of triumph over great adversity. Here we have a young girl who goes from being pampered to perpetually punished by the vile Miss Minchin when her father is believed to have been killed in the Boer War. Throughout all of the adversity, Sara is able to persevere and come out on top. She's a relatable character. Yes she starts out with money. But even with money, Sara was still a good hearted person. In being persecuted so harshly by Miss Minchin, audiences are reminded that similar persecution still goes on today around the world. It isn't at the same kind of level by any means. But it does happen. The average middle-class person is still looked down on by those in higher social classes just because they aren't rich. That alone is a big part of what makes this movie still so beloved to this day.
The primary story in The Little Princess is one of overcoming great odds and defying those would try to hold others down just because of something as minor as not having money. But there is also a secondary story tied into the main one. That additional story centers on the power of family, friendship, and personal faith. Sara continued to maintain the faith that her father hadn't really been killed, which not to give too much away, proves true at least in this take on the classic tale. How that is revealed wonâ(TM)t be told here for the sake of those who haven't seen the movie. And if not for the friendship of Becky and Ermengarde, getting through her daily harassment from Miss Minchin would have been unbearable. It was that power of friendship that helped Sara to keep the faith and keep pushing through her seemingly insurmountable odds. By the story's end it would be a surprise if any audience is left dry-eyed. Yes, the final sequence is that saccharine. But it can be forgiven as audiences will be rooting for Sara throughout the movie.
This take on the classic literary work is a wonderful family film. It serves as a reminder of everything that is still so great even today about classic movies. Some movies have been made in the same vein as the Little Princess. But none since have been able to capture the magic created by this adaptation. That magic will continue to keep it a family favorite for another seventy plus years as long as families remember and protect it and continue to pass it down to future generations.
August 19, 2012
I seen this movie a few times before and no matter what version i always enjoyed it.Its a movie that kind of gets in your heart.More of a females movie.
December 17, 2009
There is no actor I've disliked watching more than young Shirley Temple. Skip this lame star vehicle and rent Alfonso Cuarón's lovely 1995 adaptation of the same book, "A Little Princess", instead.
September 15, 2009
This old tear jerker never looses it's power to make me laugh and cry! What a talented little girl she was, and what an actress she became.
September 13, 2009
beautiful story about never giving up, always keeping Hope & the special bond between a loyal loving girl & her devoted single-parent father who disappears while off @ battle.
June 4, 2009
I think I like the 1995 one better, but this one is cute as well and we couldn't have 95's without this one.
May 5, 2009
I recently got reaquated with some of the old Shirley Temple movies and this one was always one of my favorites
May 4, 2009
When her father is reported killed in the Boer War, pampered rich girl Sara Crewe (Shirley Temple) is left to the mercies of a mean-spirited headmistress. Forced to work as a servant and live in the
March 23, 2009
Si love all of Shirley Temple's movies i have like three on vhs i want them all on dvd. i wish i had a lil girl to watch them with.
December 30, 2007
How many versions of A Little Princess have been made? The problem is that Sarah Crewe is too perfect. I wish she just had some FLAWS!
August 8, 2007
Varies greatly from the plot of the book, turning it into a story more templated to the musical comedy style, but that matters little. Miss Temple is here, and she does what she does.
July 9, 2007
Shirley Temple tended to be a little ham fisted in her acting style as she got older, although that probably had more to do with the scripts and directors. However, in the scene at the end when she's screaming and crying "but I'm Sarah!" your heart will simply break.
April 19, 2007
AS LONG AS IT ISN'T THE "REVISED COLOR" VERSION.......nope gimme the black and white and my imagination can do the rest.
February 23, 2007
Ok, so I hate Shirley Temple (I know down right un-American of me) but I've never gotten why she was so big, but that being said, I do love this story, and she's actually cute in it.
February 10, 2007
The book was GREAT...BUT THERE R 2 VERSIONS...AND SHIRLEY TEMPLE WAS JUST THE BEST LITTLE ACTRESS OF HER TIME...A SHAME THE WAY HER PARENTS TOOK ALL HER MONEY!!!
December 31, 2006
Shirley Temple stars in this 1939 version of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel This is such a tear jerker.
June 29, 2006
my mom tells me that my family couldn't get me to watch shirley temple movies when i was younger...guess i wasn't a fan.well i can remember watching this movie when i was pretty little and all i have to say is it's pathetic!